Thatcher's children: Alienation and anomie in the plays of Judy Upton
D'Monté, R. (2007) Thatcher's children: Alienation and anomie in the plays of Judy Upton. In: D'Monté, R. and Saunders, G., eds. (2007) Cool Britannia? British Political Drama in the 1990s. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 79-95. ISBN 978-1-4039-8813-3 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/8256
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Thatcherite polices impacted upon the theatre, not just in the gradual erosion of subsidization and implementation of the market-driven economy, but also in the subject matter and use of dramatic form. Whilst it was initially suggested that many of the playwrights of the 1990s - especially the in-yer-face dramatists - were essentially apolitical, a fresh look at Judy Upton's work shows her marked concern with the effects of Conservative rule, and her plays can be seen to provide a coruscating denunciation of the political strategies of the 1980s and 90s.